This morning, I made an early start in the hope of catching up with some of the smaller birds I had missed yesterday. I was lucky, for amongst the Alders were Lesser Redpoll, Siskin and best of all 2 Brambling! I have not recorded this species at Surlingham for some time and although views were of the back-breaking variety this is always a super finch to see.
With the hungry Robins in mind, I had taken some bread with me today which was enjoyed by all, including me. Elsewhere, a Snipe was flushed from the ditch near the gun club, and I have my suspicions that this could have been a Jack. Back at the churchyard, 2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers were drumming and a third was chased away. This all bought back fond memories of Estonia.
On the way to Rockland Broad, 17 Skylark had flocked together in a field.
The Broad itself was mostly without ice, although a small group of Common and Black-headed Gull were loafing on one small shelf of ice. A Wader species was a surprise, and was probably a Ruff although flight views only proved inconclusive. Very little Duck action.
A plethora of snowy pictures to choose from, so here are a selection.